The 25th Anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles kicks off at San Diego Comic Con this year. I think I was 10 when I first read the Turtles comic and eleven when I saved up all my babysitting money and allowance to buy the limited edition, signed hardcover collection of the first fifteen (or so) stories for an astounding $100. (Probably the most expensive non-utilitarian thing I bought before I was 18 and the only thing I ever ordered out of the back of a comic book.)
I don't know what this passport thing is about but if it involves running all over the convention floor getting goofy stamps to prove my love of the Turtles, then obviously I wish I were going to be there this year. But ten week old babies don't take care of themselves so I (like Eric for the first time in, like, 20 years!) won't be at the Con.
Which gets me to my point: I'm tired of industry people being pissy about how big and off-topic Comic Con has become. Granted, I've been to only one year of it but it was everything I had hoped it to be: A gargantuan collection of people who care about comics in some form. Nerds, aesthetes, wackjobs, narcissists, and every other type of 10-to-90 year old who wants to freak out about the latest shit from the pen of their favorite artist or just the Comics Industry Hype Machines. It's all-day awesome and then you drink and read minicomics.
I agree it's unfortunate that it's populated with some opportunist companies that are only peripherally related to comics, but so what? Go to the smaller cons if you want the warts-and-all purity. This is like the high school prom of comics and you still have the cool kids and the utter outcasts-- it's just really, really skewed toward the socially-challenged.
Have you heard these people who bitch about the cosplay? WTF, ya Scrooges? I want to personally thank every last person who shows up in costume. Working the Fanta booth is way, way less like work when some overweight, half-assed Spider Man could walk past at any moment. If I had the money, I'd hire that dude or the not-quite-pretty Poison Ivy girl to just periodically show up at my desk to make every day more like the Con. You know who hates the costume geeks? The industry bloggers who make a living dressing up as know-it-alls behind their computers everyday.
Yeah, I said it.
Anyway, if I have a complaint it's that not a single person shows up dressed as a Fanta character. Don't you cosplay people know that DC and Marvel don't give a crap about all the time you put into your costumes??? You'd be heroes to us. We would blog you!
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